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Salt Water Taffy Bill Advances in NJ

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Salt water taffy is one step closer to becoming New Jersey’s official state candy.

Students and staff at a hearing about designating taffy as the state candy
Students and staff at a hearing about designating taffy as the state candy (Assembly Democrats)

The Assembly approved a bill Monday that would honor the sugar-laden confection with the designation. It now heads to the state Senate.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski had introduced the measure at the request of some fifth-graders from Sayreville’s Samsel Upper Elementary School. That followed a presentation he made to the students on how a bill becomes a law.

The youths had testified on the measure during a committee hearing earlier this month. They said designating an official state candy could help boost tourism at the Jersey shore

The soft taffy became popular as a souvenir in Atlantic City in the late 19th century. It does not contain any salt water.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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